Bevy

Main Entry: Bevy
Pronunciation: \ˈbe-vē\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English bevey
Date: 15th Century
1 : a large group or collection <a bevy of girls>
2 : a group of animals and especially quail

In my opinion I think this is a great word for everyone to learn. It would be helpful when talking about a large number of any type of animal. For instance, a group of geese can be simply called a bevy. It is easier than going into specifics; and you still sound smart (and be correct!) If you wish to be technical, a group of geese in general is called a flock. If the geese are in flight they are called a skein, unless they are flying in “V” formation then they are called a wedge. But if the geese are simply on land, they are called a gaggle. There are many other ways to use this word.

Many members of my extended family have collections of items. My aunt has a bevy of various coca-cola labeled products in her basement including a lamp, photographs, antique glass cola bottle, even coca-cola wall paper. My grandma, on my mom’s side of the family, has a bevy of stuffed animal cats; she has left one to each of her grandchildren in her will. Another one of my aunts has a bevy of dolls–which kind of gives me the heebie jeebies.

Word source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/

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